Largely recognised as the historical hub of Malaysia, Melaka was one of the earliest trade powerhouses in the Malay Archipelago. The kingdom came to life when a prince from a neighbouring country arrived, and the rest, they say, is history. Today, Melaka is a popular tourist destination for foreign and local visitors alike, thanks to the abundance of historical sights and, of course, amazing food. Read on for a list of Melaka’s best-kept secrets.
By now you must be wondering, what is Peranakan? They are people born from Chinese immigrants who married into local Malay communities and have a unique culture and language that equally reflects their Chinese and Malay heritage. Melaka also experienced occupations from various foreign powers which resulted in the gorgeous architecture and historical monuments scattered throughout the city, ideal for the history buff and the curious mind.
If you visit Melaka and miss out on the famous fort, did you really visit Melaka at all? There are several landmarks from the occupations that have survived to this day and have been converted into cultural centres, museums or simply tourist attractions such as A’Famosa, Stadthuys, Christ Church, and St. John’s Fort.
For those who prefer to fall back into nature before heading back to the big city, stop by a Klebang Beach for a reprieve with coconut shake in one hand and a book in the other. If you prefer a little more green instead of blue, head on over to Malacca Botanical Gardens instead, popular for picnicking, walking and cycling.
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